TMG Proposes to Refresh a Palace
- Dec 01, 2015
By Alex Girda, Associate Editor
A proposal by TMG to renew the Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall features a new hotel, renovated galleries and fresh exhibits in a makeover of one of the few surviving structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
The TMG team’s proposal for the Marina District landmark, one of three under consideration, calls for the addition of the Maybeck, a boutique hotel. The name would honor Bernard Maybeck, the building’s architect. Revenue from the hospitality component would be used to fund improvements to the Palace. Other highlights include the rehabilitation of the Palace of Fine Arts building, new exhibition galleries, restoration of the facility’s theater, a full-service dining venue and a variety of transportation options.
Located at 3301 Lyon St., the Palace of Fine Arts was renovated extensively in the 1960s and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
Joining TMG in the project team are Flynn Properties, the California Historical Society and the Exploratorium. Each of the participants in the proposal bring specialized experience. Flynn Properties has previously tackled the rehabilitation of the Carneros Inn in Napa and the Esperanza hotel in Cabo San Lucas.
For its part, the California Historical Society will create exhibits related to the world’s fair in the renovated Exhibition Hall, while the Exploratorium will contribute educational projects that highlight the city’s history and ecology. Mark Hornberger, president & founding principal of the Hornberger + Worstell architectural firm, will lead the design team.